Poster 369 Supplement-Induced Acute Colonic Pseudo-Obstruction in Healthy Young Male
Author insight from Aaron Craig, DO, Internal Medicine, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX
What’s new here and important for clinicians?
The CDC (2013) published data that 69% of adults age 20 and over are overweight or obese. Likewise, many individuals are seeking remedies for increased energy, vitality, and being overweight. Many are trying to find solutions by taking OTC supplements that claim a variety of benefits to include boosting energy, metabolism, and increased burning of fat and calories. However, supplements are not FDA regulated. Supplements can contain varying amounts of ingredients that have not been tried through the rigorous trials that FDA approved medications endure. Consequently, the side effects profile of supplements is unknown. As supplement use increases it is important for a clinician to take a thorough and accurate medication reconciliation to include OTC medications, supplements, and herbs. Clinicians also need to play an integral role in educating patients on the use of supplements.
What do patients need to know?
Patients need to have an increased awareness that supplement use is not always benign and can carry significant side effects. If a patient is considering supplement use they should always consult a physician before taking.
Aaron Craig, DO, Internal Medicine, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX
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